Pens of Note

OMAS Ogiva Vintage Novelli 2012 Limited Edition

OMAS - Ogiva Vintage
(Novelli Pen Limited Edition 2012)

I was not expecting to acquire this pen, but a visit to Novelli Pen in Rome is always a pleasant experience. One wall of the store is a full show case of pens. When I looked over the OMAS lines, as I has planned to pick up the OMAS Extra Lucens Limited Edition pen, my eye caught the Ogiva Collection.

The Ogiva pen first appeared in 1927, designed with smooth curves, this is a very comfortable pen to hold, and for me, different from the cigar and more angular pens I have in my collection.

There is a limited edition in transparent cotton resin in green and blue. But in 2012 Marco of Novelli Pen, asked OMAS to create five pens specially for his store. There are thirty pens of each colour: Wild, Scarlet Red, Autumn, Black Lucens and Green Arco.

The Ogiva Novelli Limited Edition pens have rose gold plate trim, and an 18 Kt rose gold nib.

I had a major debate as to which pen to select. I liked the Scarlet Red and the Autumn. The Wild celluloid pattern is a favorite of mine and I have that in the Arte Italiana line.

In the end, I took the pens out on the street and held them in my hand and watched the sun light activate the deep colours of the celluloid body and caps. The Scarlet Red was the pen that moved me the most.

Not only are there shades of red tone in the body, but there are dark black lines are various angles that all come together to give the pen a very distinctive look.

The rose gold tone trim and nib look especially good with the red tones of the fountain pen body and cap.

The pens have the classic OMAS clip with a small roller ball at the end. Just above the nib section the number of the pen is engraved. I have pen 2/30.

The pen is a piston fill fountain pen. The filling mechanism pulls up a good 1.5 ml of ink.

The nib is 18 kt gold, and the ink feed is ebonite. This all creates a very smooth writing experience. I had a hard time deciding on taking the Double Broad or the Broad. In the end the Broad was one that seemed to work best for me. I practiced writing in Italian, with the assistance of Derick: Noi siamo da Novelli a Roma.

Best of all, when my wife Karen wrote with the pen, the smoothness of the nib granted an immediate approval. This was a pen that I needed.

The regular OMAS Limited Edition Ogiva have a production run of 527 pens, and come in Green Shaft and Arco Brown in celluloid, and a transparent blue and green in cotton resin.

To post the cap on the body it requires a slight twist, and for me, this will be important as the pen is very smooth and round. I don't want to see this pen roll of my desk!





OMAS Ogiva Vintage

L’elegante serie di Edizioni Limitate Vintage, inaugurata nel 2011 e ispirata alla storia quasi centenaria del marchio Bolognese, si completa quest'anno con il più classico modello OMAS: l'Ogiva.

Il modello Ogiva, creato nel 1927, si contraddistingue ancor oggi per la sobrietà del design, per l’armonia delle sue forme arrotondate e per la sua linea che facilita l’impugnatura assicurando un comfort di scrittura ottimale.

 The elegant Vintage Limited Edition series, inaugurated in 2011 and inspired by the centenarian history of the brand, is going to be completed by the most classic OMAS model: the Ogiva.

The Ogiva model, created in 1927, is characterized even today by the smooth design and the harmony of its rounded shapes, which insures comfortable writing.